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The Sydney Italian Wine + Food Festival will be back in September 2015 for it’s third year bringing you everything good about eating + drinking in Italy. With over 250 premium wines to taste, artisan beers to try, cooking demonstrations by Sydney’s top Italian chefs in the Smeg Kitchen and wine masterclasses to explore, the 2015 event is not to be missed. We will be expanding the food market with more Italian goodies, more food to eat prepared by celebrity Italian chefs and in 2015, you will be able to refine your knowledge of olive oil and learn to make cheese and pasta from the experts. And what’s an Italian festival without gelato, so prepare your tastebuds for the very best. Our beautiful wine garden space with live Italian jazz music will also return and we’re excited for the reprise of the wonderful Negroni Bar. We can”t wait to do it all again and as they say Italians Do It Better.
In 2015, join our popular wine masterclasses and meet winemakers and importers, learn more about Italy’s grape varieties, where they come from and who makes them. Presented by Gourmet Traveller WINE magazine, our masterclasses, hosted by renowned wine journalists Huon Hooke and Max Allen will be held all day, giving Italian wine lovers and trade professionals the opportunity to focus on a particular region, variety or style of interest. Expect lively conversation and a little controversy too!
In 2014, we crowned our first Lasagne Challenge winner. Star chef Alessandro Pavoni of Ormeggio fame and a lasagne master himself threw down Alessandro’s Lasagne Challenge, inviting home cooks to enter their own winning recipes. Our finalists faced an elite panel of judges including Pat Nourse (Chief food critic and deputy editor of Australian Gourmet Traveller magazine) Callan Boys (Editor SMH Good Food Guide) and Myffy Rigby (Chief food and drink critic Time Out Australia). Congratulations to Manuele Ruiu from Ashfield NSW whose Sardinian recipe wowed our judges.